Julia Louis-Dreyfus Says THUNDERBOLTS* Is More Focused On "The Human Story;" Confirms Val Will See Action

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Says THUNDERBOLTS* Is More Focused On "The Human Story;" Confirms Val Will See Action

In a new interview, Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus reveals a little more about Marvel Studios' upcoming Thunderbolts* movie...

By MarkCassidy - Jun 10, 2024 12:06 PM EST
Filed Under: Thunderbolts

In a recent interview, Thunderbolts* star Julia Louis-Dreyfus confirmed that she had finished filming her scenes as the scheming Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, but was hesitant to discuss the movie in any more detail.

However, the Seinfeld alum was a little more forthcoming while speaking to The New York Times, suggesting that Thunderbolts* might be more character-focused than we expected.

"It's very well organized. Very methodical. And I don't mean that in a negative way," Louis-Dreyfus said of her time working on the Marvel Studios' team-up film. "Particularly on this film, they're very much focused on, frankly, the human story, believe it or not. They're trying to sort of go back to their roots, as it were. And so there's a lot of focus on that. They're trying to stay away from as much CGI or whatever as possible, so that the stunts are, like, everywhere. And in fact, I had to do a couple."

Louis-Dreyfus declined to answer a question about doing her own stunts in the previous interview, but it sounds like Val will indeed be seeing some action.

"I'm making this out to sound like I'm flying through the air like Captain America or whatever, but I'm not," she added before clarifying, "It's just a very, very, very, very brief stunt."

A recent rumor may have revealed some new plot details about Thunderbolts*.

According to Daniel Richtman, the movie will begin with Yelena Belova, US Agent, Ghost and Taskmaster being sent by Val to take out an unknown target "in a vault." We don't know who this character is, but the crew soon realize that they were sent there to die, and decide to team-up to bring Val down.

How Sentry factors in remains to be seen, but there's a decent chance he'll be the person the team is set to eliminate. We'd also bet on Val enlisting Sentry to protect her against reprisals at some point.

Olga Kurylenko - who will reprise her Black Widow role as Taskmaster - was asked about that asterisk during a recent interview with Screen Rant, and while she chose her words carefully, the actress did confirm that the project has undergone some changes since it was first announced.

"Well, they changed a couple of things. [Laughs] That's all I can say, but that also doesn't say anything, because obviously every movie is different, and in every movie, things change. But yeah, it will be different, we'll see. There's nothing I can say." 

Still not much to go on, obviously, but we'd say Thunderbolts* turning out to be a completely different movie - maybe even Dark Avengers - is the most likely explanation.

Though other characters might well be added, the Thunderbolts roster currently consists of Red Guardian (David Harbour), Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), John Walker/U.S. Agent (Wyatt Russell), and Taskmaster (Kurylenko).

Allegra de Fontaine will put the team together, and rumor has it that she may also be partially responsible for Sentry's creation.

As for Sentry, Lewis Pullman (Salem's Lot, Top Gun Maverick) recently joined the cast as the powerful, unstable character, replacing The Walking Dead alum Steven Yeun in the role.

There were rumors that Harrison Ford's Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross would be involved, but that's yet to be confirmed. Black Widow's Melina Vostokoff (Rachel Weisz) and Bill Foster (Laurence Fishburne) from Ant-Man and the Wasp are also rumored to appear.

Thunderbolts* is currently set to be released in theaters on May 2, 2025.

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ProfessorWhy
ProfessorWhy - 6/10/2024, 12:02 PM
I've always admired how Captain America flies through the air...
RolandD
RolandD - 6/10/2024, 12:20 PM
@ProfessorWhy - You mean like this?

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clintthahamster
clintthahamster - 6/10/2024, 12:53 PM
@ProfessorWhy - I think the most important thing we can do is continue to nitpick and factcheck offhand remarks given in informal interviews.
The1st
The1st - 6/10/2024, 1:18 PM
@clintthahamster - Yup, cuz the king is dead. The king is dead. The king is dead. Context ain't king.
StSteven
StSteven - 6/10/2024, 4:44 PM
@clintthahamster - Dude, it's what I do as a job. My boss thinks that he's paying me to do Machine Learning/AI development, but nah, I'm just sitting here on this site for 8 hours a day. The beauty of working from home.

Welp, time to figure out exactly WHICH Cap she's referring to in that interview because that could potentially fuel a new rumor about Evans reprising his Cap role in "TB". You heard it here first! Now, into the Dark Web!!
Origame
Origame - 6/10/2024, 12:09 PM
Exactly what every marvel fan wanted. An aged Elaine from Seinfeld kicking a$$.
Batmangina
Batmangina - 6/10/2024, 12:36 PM
@Origame - 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
RedFury
RedFury - 6/10/2024, 12:57 PM
@Origame - as a big Seinfeld fan I welcome Elaine in the MCU. Julia is quite the talent, and I really enjoy seeing what she brings to the character Val.

I bet her stunt is jumping out of the way of an explosion, or decking someone in the face. It honestly can't be any worse than a 75 year old Sam Jackson doing stunts lol.
Origame
Origame - 6/10/2024, 1:02 PM
@RedFury - yeah that was pretty bad too. Did you see that talos fight in captain marvel? What were they thinking?
RedFury
RedFury - 6/10/2024, 1:05 PM
@Origame - honestly I can't remember it, but if it was Jackson doing the stunts, it was probably pretty rough lol.

Reminds me of anytime they try and get an old man to do a running scene. They always look like they're knees are about to implode.
Origame
Origame - 6/10/2024, 1:18 PM
@RedFury - it was pretty bad. I don't know why they couldn't use the deaging tech to put Sam Jackson's face on a stunt double for fights. Actually make him look like he isn't a grandpa.
RedFury
RedFury - 6/10/2024, 1:26 PM
@Origame - totally agree. I can believe Nick Fury as an older guy kicking ass because he's a comicbook character. But it takes a lot of suspension of disbelief to forget that the guy playing him probably has a hard time getting up from his lazy boy.

They need to either film those things from the back so that the stunt man is hidden, or like you said at least cg his face onto the guy if they want to do a front shot. Hell they did it a bunch for Hugh in Logan, and he's not even that old.
HulkisHoly
HulkisHoly - 6/10/2024, 12:13 PM
I just really don’t see the point of Ghost or (this version) of Taskmaster being on this team other than to have more women on the team. They both were very boring characters, with one of them just being brainwashed. Audiences won’t even remember who they are when they see them on screen.

But alas, maybe they will have a different guy under the mask for Taskmaster this time. We can only hope.
RedFury
RedFury - 6/10/2024, 12:38 PM
@HulkisHoly - when it comes to Ghost, she adds a different power set to the team, so I see her addition as being quite a valuable one. Taskmaster will likely die, and even though she fits the Spec Ops theme this team seems to have going for it; she was most likely added as canon fodder is my guess.
HulkisHoly
HulkisHoly - 6/10/2024, 12:58 PM
@RedFury -

I see your point but SHOULD taskmaster be cannon fodder?
Only if they replace her with a more comic accurate version in my opinion.
RedFury
RedFury - 6/10/2024, 1:08 PM
@HulkisHoly - yeah I hear you. I've always thought that killing characters off just to check the "higher stakes" box is a cop out. I'd rather they flesh her character out in a way that makes her awesome and justified. But seeing as out of everyone on the team she's probably the least known/important of the bunch, I think she's most likely to kick the bucket.
Batmangina
Batmangina - 6/10/2024, 12:37 PM
I'm on team Thunderbitches 1000%

Can we get the chicks from FRIENDS on the team, too?

Plus - get the dumpy broad from She-Hulk to drive the boat STAT!!
DocSpock
DocSpock - 6/10/2024, 12:56 PM
@Batmangina -

Get the 3 broads from the Marvels in there too. Hollyweird would love that.
Batmangina
Batmangina - 6/10/2024, 1:00 PM
@DocSpock - Dude - Monica and Phoebe with Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel all being boss bitches and shitting on all the men?

TAKE MY MONEY!!!
DocSpock
DocSpock - 6/10/2024, 1:09 PM
@Batmangina -

Also get mythologically accurate Norse black gay Valkyrie riding in to the rescue on her enslaved white winged horse.
Batmangina
Batmangina - 6/10/2024, 7:04 PM
@DocSpock - I like where this is going! I see a DEI grant in your future.
MarvelZombie616
MarvelZombie616 - 6/10/2024, 12:44 PM
Ghost is probably one of the most powerful members.
Phasing through everything and everyone is really powerfull.
TheVisionary25
TheVisionary25 - 6/10/2024, 12:55 PM
Cool.

Definitely think this movie is going to be relatively grounded tonally to an extent (as much as with characters like Ghost or Sentry can be) so it’s not surprising they are trying to not use a lot of cg and focus more on practical which is nice…

Might even be something the director Jake Schreier wanted to focus on.

Anyway , looking forward to this especially in regards to the character interactions!!.
WEAPONXOXOXO
WEAPONXOXOXO - 6/10/2024, 1:05 PM
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ModHaterSLADE
ModHaterSLADE - 6/10/2024, 1:29 PM
Hopefully it's in line with Winter Soldier. Great stunts and an actually good story for even those that don't like superhero hijinks.
LSHF
LSHF - 6/10/2024, 1:42 PM
It all sounds good. So many different characters that I wanted to see again, with such a wide variety of personalities.

I agree with TheVisionary25; looking forward to the character interactions.
Oberlin4Prez
Oberlin4Prez - 6/10/2024, 2:16 PM
I love Julia Louis-Dreyfus, but every time she’s on screen I can’t take it seriously.
TheLobster
TheLobster - 6/10/2024, 2:22 PM
Hell yeah to Val getting laid! Maybe she will be less evil in the end because of it? Now that would be a strong character arc.
vtopa
vtopa - 6/10/2024, 6:13 PM
I love Julia Louis Dreyfus in this role. She had some of the best moments in Falcon/Winter Soldier not to mention some good moments in Black Panther2. She plays a great character with confidence and a wry sense of humor.

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